Toni Atkins, a 1984 E&H graduate, has been elected to serve as speaker of the California General Assembly, continuing an upward political trajectory for a woman with a successful history of public service inspired, in part, by her years at Emory & Henry.
Atkins, who now serves as Democratic Majority Leader in the House, will take over the position later this year when the current speaker, John A. Perez, leaves office. Read more about Atkins’ new post.
Representing San Diego, Atkins has built a strong reputation among her colleagues for political success, in large part due to the work she has done on behalf of disadvantaged communities. She fought for and achieved affordable housing in San Diego’s challenging housing market. She has worked successfully on behalf of veterans, the elderly and the homeless while remaining focused on fiscal responsibility.
“I totally continue to believe and be grateful that my time at Emory & Henry really helped prepare me for the role and path I’ve taken in civic engagement and public service,” Atkins said. “I continue to believe, as I was helped to understand as a student in Dr. (Steve) Fisher’s courses, that working with others on a common goal I’d be able to make a difference.”